Since I am part of the Tucson food media, IÂ get invited to experience new restaurants occasionally.
Here’s the skinny on Bistro Phillipe which is under the direction of Phillipe Trosch who has cooked around Tucson as well as the world. Before starting Bistro Phillipe he was at the helm of the Five Diamond Loews Ventana Resort.
I once ateÂ at theÂ top-notch Ventana Room where Chef Trosch made the most delicious caviar toast points and soft boiled eggs presented as a side car of sorts.Â My description doesn’t do it justice but it was the most delicious way to incorporate basic ingredients. We also drank French champagne. Perfect and memorable in every way.
But back to Bistro PhillipeÂ where the prices are much more down to earth than the Ventana Room.
I drank the house wine, Bistro pinot noir for $6 and it was appropriately smooth and satisfying.
Because I was with other food writers, we tasted many things including the octopus carpaccio. Never would I ever have chosen this appetizer but when I go back, I will most certainly order it. Other appetizers include the half avocado filled with shrimp remoulade, seasonal mushrooms and cheese board. We also shared the French crepe with leek, mushroom, and parmesan sauce.
Everything tasted fresh and out of the ordinary yet down to earth. Appetizers hover between the $6 to $10. I can see ordering a bunch of appetizers and a glass of wine.
I wasn’t eating bread but everyone raved about it. The bread is baked fresh daily.
Everyone ordered their own entree. I tasted the veal liver with boozy sauce and the scallops. Both were excellent. I didn’t taste the rabbit or salmon. As for my own entree, I opted to have the blini with gravalox and lemon dressing salad instead of a heavy entree.
Then came the desserts — There were profiteroles, beignets with a chocolate dipping sauce, fruit tarts, and chocolate pot de creme; this tasted like a thrillingly rich old-fashioned chocolate pudding.Â I chose the braised pears with chocolate almond sauce; it was light but not lite.
We went on a Monday and because of the Accenture Golf Tournament orÂ maybe just because Tucsonans were hungry for a moderately priced new French restaurant — it was mostly full.
I hope the excitement continues. IÂ look forward to returning and bringing friends with me.
The food is regional French home cooking, unpretentious but delicious just the same. Bon jour.